The current study explored the relationship between problem internet use, personality, loneliness and wellbeing in emerging adulthood. An online survey using questionnaires assessed 673 emerging adults (247 males and 426 females) aged between 18-25 years on measures of problem internet use, personality, loneliness and wellbeing. Results show that problematic internet use is directly related to emotional stability, conscientiousness, loneliness and wellbeing. This relationship holds which ever direction of relationship between the personality variables and problematic internet use is posited. It is argued that understanding the risk and protective factors for problem internet use is particularly important at this emerging adult stage where attitudes, traits and behavior are malleable. There is a need for more longitudinal data on problem internet use in emerging adulthood in order to prevent it leading to more serious pathology.
|Journal||Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 23 Oct 2020|
- Problematic internet use
- psychological wellbeing